Comcast Brings the Federal Affordable Connectivity Program to 16,148 Whatcom County Households

Offers free home broadband, Xfinity wireless service with high-speed smartphone data

Submitted by Comcast

This week’s White House announcement celebrates an important milestone in our country’s efforts to promote broadband adoption and the success of the FCC-administered support program in helping low-income families subscribe and stay connected to the internet. Now 16,148  households in Whatcom County can get FREE home broadband, and, or Xfinity wireless service with high-speed smartphone data.

To remove economic barriers to home broadband and mobile phone service, Comcast is participating in the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP), which provides eligible households a credit of up to $30/month towards their Internet and mobile services. We’re making it simple for both new and existing customers to apply this credit towards Xfinity Internet, Internet Essentials, and Xfinity Mobile services.

Why is this important? The program can help to connect thousands of people to the internet who haven’t had access to it at home, especially in communities that have historically faced more barriers to getting online. The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare, and more.

Who can use this? a household must meet at least one of the following criteria: qualifies for the federal Lifeline program (i.e., Medicaid, SNAP, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Federal Public Housing Assistance, Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit, Tribal Programs for Residents for Qualifying Tribal Lands); receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision; has an income that is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines; and, or received a federal Pell Grant in the current award year.

Where can I get it? More information is available here:https://www.xfinity.com/learn/internet-service/ebb and you may check your eligibility with the National Verifier.

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